COBWEB: Song Kang-Ho Is An Artist Trapped In Inspiration In The First Trailer
Fully immersed in vibrance for its introspection is Cobweb, a dramatic new thriller with a trailer now online and ripe with energy. It’s the latest from director Kim Jee-woon who has been best known for delivering pulsating actioners and cult favorites like A Bittersweet Life, I Saw The Devil and manga adaptation Ilang: The Wolf Brigade, now reteaming with leading man Song Kang-ho for a fifth time since 1998’s The Quiet Family, and the hit 2000 comedy, The Foul King.
Kim, who recently delivered Apple TV+ series “Dr. Brain,” directs from a script he wrote with Shin Youn-shik (Rough Play), with a story that, according to the film’s press kit, is inspired by Kim’s own mid-pandemic ruminations and reflections on the filmmaking process re: “creativity” and “originality,” and what kind of impact cinema will have in the future. As Kim himself noted in the director’s statement of the press kit, in part: “Never have I reflected on cinema as intensely as I did during the making of this work…”.
In 1970s Korea, when both art and dreams are censored, a film director dreams of a masterpiece.
After his successful debut, Director KIM endures scathing attacks from critics who call him a specialist in trashy dramas. After finishing his latest feature ‘Cobweb’, he has vivid dreams over several days of an alternative ending to the film. Sensing that if he can just shoot those scenes as he envisioned them, a masterpiece will surely emerge, he tries to arrange just two days of additional shooting. However, the rewritten script fails to pass censorship, and his actors can’t make sense of the new ending. Between the tangled schedule, the opposition of the producer, and the collision between these fantastic scenes dancing before his eyes and the harsh conditions of reality, Director KIM feels he is about to go insane, but he pushes on regardless…
“If I can just change the ending, a masterpiece will emerge. All I need is two days!”
Cobweb also stars Lim Soo-jung, Oh Jung-se, Jeon Yeo-bin and Krystal Jung, and premieres Out Of Competition at Cannes this month. Watch the official trailer and clip below via The Upcoming.
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